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Should I switch my i5 for a i7?

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November 1, 2011 7:27:48 AM

Hi!

I have talked to the store where I bought the i7 and It is possible to switch this for a i5 2500K and get 74,28 EUR back.

Is there any reason to keep the i7? Im happy with how the computer handles BF3(heigh settings 50-80 fps avg 65 fps) and do not want it to perform worse.

I have also checked how much performance I will gain to get the GTX580 instead för 106 EUR but it seems to be a small bost, not even 20%. The GTX580 is about 24% more expensive then the GTX570 here in Sweden.

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November 1, 2011 7:37:41 AM

No reason to keep the i7. There will be no FPS difference when you use the i5.
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November 1, 2011 7:41:09 AM

buy an ssd
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November 1, 2011 7:44:59 AM

In gaming, you will see little difference between the 2500k and 2600k.

For price / performance, the 900 MHZ 560 Ti is simply untouchable.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in US dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:


$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 360.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.68 - $ 0.87
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
$ 320.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.61 - $ 0.73
$ 480.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.78 - $ 1.01
$ 725.00 6990 (762/903) $ 0.95 - $ 1.61
$ 750.00 590 (881/982) $ 0.85 - $ 1.53


a b à CPUs
November 1, 2011 8:14:18 AM

2500k performance is similar as 2600k you would'nt see any difference.
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November 1, 2011 7:00:04 PM

The primary advantages or features the i7-2600k has over the i7-2500k:

1. Hyper Threading - Not really used at all in games, so you gain no benefit.

2. 100MHz faster core speed. The i7 can get you slightly (and I mean slightly) better performance at stock speed, but that can be easily overcome by overclocking the i5-2500k.

3. 2MB more cache - I suppose this can help improve game performance... but I have to say it will be marginal in the very best scenario.

In my book, that means getting back 74,28 EUR is worth it.
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November 1, 2011 7:26:51 PM

Yes I would change out the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K for the Intel Core i5-2500k if this system is mainly used for gaming for all the reasons stated above.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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November 1, 2011 7:29:58 PM

@ christian wood do you job in intel?
November 2, 2011 7:03:39 AM

Thanks! This computer are used for gaming and some development(programming) and some time Photoshop.

I will make the switch to i5.

Thanks for the help!
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